Kane returns to mullet for playoffs

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane unveiled the return of his playoff mullet, which includes three lines shaved on each side of his head, following Tuesday's morning skate in preparation for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild.

"I think it's fun," Kane said. "I think it's good for a laugh or two. It's something that's a little bit of a tradition since the start of the playoffs. I've had some fun with it, and I think a lot of people who follow the Blackhawks have had some fun with it, too. That's what it's really for."

The 24-year-old Kane began the tradition of shaping his hair into a mullet earlier in his career because he was unable to grow a playoff beard like his teammates. The mullet drew plenty of attention during the Blackhawks' run to the 2010 Stanley Cup. He did it again in 2011 when the Blackhawks lost in the first round, and then he opted to grow a beard last season, which also ended with a first-round exit.

"I think I'm just going to try and grow the beard as well as I can," Kane said last season. "I'm a little older now, and I can do a little bit better than a couple years ago. I'll try to go with that. I don't think I'm going to do the mullet. It didn't really work last year, and the team has been playing well as of late so I didn't want to change up too much."

Kane won't be the only Blackhawks player sporting a mullet during this season's playoffs. Kane also got rookie forward Brandon Saad to do it. Saad was the first to get into the barber's chair and had two lines shaved on each side of his head.

"It's something he was talking about doing, and I said I'd do it with him," Saad said. "It wasn't too much convincing. It was something we just figured we'd do together. … We got the lines put together in too. I think he's got three, and I got two. I got to earn my stripes still so. I don't know. It's something fun we'll do, though."